This week’s Leadership blurb was inspired by thoughts about relevance and leaders, how we are judged or awarded credibility. The centric thought came from this quote supplied by Jill Shaw’s blog Conversations@Intersections.
“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, there, depending on unreasonable people.” – George Bernard Shaw.
There are lots of different ways to look at this but the number one thing that comes to mind is perseverance. To be reasonable means to be willing to give something away – and often times people will look for leadership that is compromising. But sometimes those that truly make a difference are the ones who refuse to budge – whether that’s about reforming ideas that are inefficient and stodgy, looking for fresh innovations or simply refusing to follow along with the crowd.
One of the great examples of this is relevance! See – we look for leaders who are relevant, in other words.. it’s easy to give someone credibility because they have the appearance of being relevant.. ie: they use the right gadgets, have the right lingo, use the ‘relevant’ and ‘leading’ systems.
But actually – true leaders are the one who determine what is relevant to begin with .. so – don’t be tempted to simply adjust to the worlds demands of you. Don’t buy into the iPhone thing because everyone else is, don’t lose the art of writing because the electronic age dictates good handwriting is no longer relevant.
Be unreasonable.. and find new ways, fresh ways, your own ways of doing things.. and you’re on your way to being a leader.